No, the title of this post is not some fan-fiction daydream. An author named Bill Rayburn has published an e-book called Spenser and Travis McGee: The Trafalgar Square Bomber. My wife was browsing through the Kindle store a couple of days ago, looking at McGee titles, and came across it.
I’ve only read the sample section available on the Kindle store. The tale finds the two classic American tough guys bumping into each other in a London hotel near Trafalgar Square, presumably in the present day. Naturally they sense some commonalities, and end up sharing Guinnesses and something stronger in a nearby pub. Meyer, it seems, has recently died. And so too has Susan Silverman. (I’m saddened to hear about Meyer; Ms. Silverman not so much.)
Both men are in a morose mood; but they’re not done yet. All of a sudden the pub shakes with the percussions of powerful explosions (at nearby Charing Cross Station). Two suspicious men come running by, and the two fictional heroes–like two old hunting dogs–take up the chase.
Since we’ve been talking here lately about keeping fictional heroes alive after their creators’ demise, I thought you’d like to hear about Mr. Rayburn’s book. I was in touch with the author, who wrote me in an e-mail that he “sent out feelers to the two [authors’] families,” and no one yet has asked him to take down the book.
I’ll let you all be the judge of whether or not Bill Rayburn pulls it off.